The 2003 Subaru Legacy sedan is like many other sedans
on the road, except for one major feature: Subaru's renown
all-wheel drive system. When you combine the safety and
handling of AWD with the modest styling and interior comfort
of a four-door sedan, the result is one unique vehicle.
But then again, it's not that unique. Perhaps it would be
so were the Legacy sedan not a Subaru, because it is the
manufacturer's trademark to offer all-wheel drive across
the entire range of its fleet. And that is certainly a good
The 2003 Subaru Legacy sedan is offered in three trim levels:
L, L Special Edition and GT. The Legacy is also offered
in a wagon body style, which is covered in a separate review.
The 2003 Subaru Legacy sedan and its sibling wagon both
accommodate five passengers. While the wagon offers more
cargo volume, the sedan focuses its attention on creating
a comforting interior environment. Among other things, the
instrument panel has been designed for easy use, and the
seats are contoured for maximum convenience.
The standard features on the base L model address all the
essentials. Air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with CD player,
cruise control and power windows are just some of the many
appointments on the inside. The L Special Edition adds a
power sunroof and other gadgets, while the top-line GT offers
leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated power mirrors,
an AM/FM/weatherband radio with in-dash 6-disc CD changer
and more. Extra items are always available with the options
list as well.
The 2003 Subaru Legacy sedan has dual power fold-away mirrors,
a rear defogger with a timer and daytime running lights.
The L Special Edition also comes with all-season tires.
The 2003 Subaru Legacy sedan shares the same engine with
the wagon. It is a horizontally opposed 2.5-liter model
capable of 165 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 166 lb-ft. of
torque at 4000 rpm. The Legacy sedan's suspension system
is fully independent, featuring front struts with lower
L-arms and liquid-filled rear bushings and a stabilizer
bar. The rear is a multi-link system with a stabilizer bar.
Rack-and-pinion steering with engine-speed-sensing variable
power assist lets drivers really feel the road. Customers
can choose between 4-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed
Safety and Security
The 2003 Legacy sedan has all-wheel drive, dual front airbags,
antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, daytime running lights and
an emergency inside trunk release. The GT trim adds front
side airbags, while a security system upgrade kit is available
with all models.
2003 Subaru Legacy (L Sedan
and Wagon) Highlights
AM/FM/single-disc CD player stereo system (4 speakers)
side molding, body color
illuminated visor vanity mirrors
body color power-adjustable exterior mirrors
entry system with answer-back chirp
vanity mirrors, dual illuminated w/lids
L Special Edition Package
Special Edition Package adds: 16-inch alloy wheels
with 205/55 R16 tires, power moonroof (dual moonroofs
on wagon), projector-beam halogen foglights, in-glass
antenna, Momo-designed black leather-wrapped steering
wheel, leather-wrapped shifter handle and woodgrain-patterned
interior trim on the audio and shifter bezels.
2.5 GT adds over L and L
front brake discs, 4-beam headlights, body-color aerodynamic
ground effects, 2.5 GT-specific upholstery, viscous
limited-slip rear differential, sport-tuned suspension,
8-way power drivers seat with adjustable lumbar,
carpeted floormats, woodgrain patterned door switch
trim, All-Weather Package (dual-mode heated
front seats, heated outside mirrors and windshield
wiper in rear)
de-icer), front seat side-impact airbags, leather-trimmed
upholstery, UV-tinted glass, and upgraded (100-Watt)
sound system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer and 7
speakers (9 on wagon), including a rear subwoofer.
When equipped with the optional 4-speed electronic
automatic transmission, the Legacy 2.5 GT models use
the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) All-Wheel Drive
system and a SPORTSHIFT that allows manual gearshift
a Free Price Quote on a 2003 Subaru Legacy.
165 @ 5600
2.5L auto: 22/29
2.5L man.: 21/27